I think we all would rather not DNF books but sometimes it’s just necessary. I DNF’d 7 books this year and a couple of them I wish hadn’t had to be this way as I had been really excited for them but it happens doesn’t it? Thankfully I did not pay for any of these books, I either was sent them by publishers or took them out from the library.
How many books did you DNF in 2017?
Nina is Not Ok by Shappi Khorsandi
Thank you to netgalley and Ebury Publishing for sending me a copy of this in exchange for an honest review. Sadly this just wasn’t for me. I was hoping it would be enjoyable as it was from Shappi Khorsandi who is a pretty well known British Iranian comedian, but that wasn’t the case. I found the main character just sad and the language she used was just really hard to digest. There’s a lot of alcohol abuse in this so if you’re interested please be away of that.
The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
Thank you to netgalley and Bloomsbury for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. God I was so excited for this one, it was so hyped up on booktube and in general but it was such a let down. It started off with some pretty ableist language around ADHD, which left a bad taste in my mouth but I tried to continue reading but then there was animal violence that was pretty graphic. It wasn’t anything that was shown positively, but as a huge animal lover I just couldn’t continue with it.
The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel
Thank you to netgalley and Hodder and Stoughton for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. Ugh. That’s all I can say about this. The hype for this is unreal. It was all over bestseller lists and everyone was talking about it. As the story progressed I did find myself getting intrigued but then things started becoming apparent to me that the story line heavily involved incest and abuse from an elderly patriarchal member of the family and I couldn’t even stomach reading anymore. It made me sick to my stomach.
Fifty Shades Darker by E. L. James
Ok so I read Fifty Shades. Backstory: I never planned to but then I watched the first film on my flight to Japan because I was bored and I found it absolutely hilarious. But I was also kind of hooked and wanted to know what happened in the second one. So I read the first book and to be honest it was not as bad as I expected. The writing isn’t terrible and the contract part was just not great but from what I remember the consent was actually not as huge an issue as it was made out to be. So then I started reading the second one and got halfway through before I just couldn’t be bothered anymore because it was just straight up boring and repetitive. If I ever have to read the words “my inner goddess” and “don’t bite your lip” again it will be too soon. And Ana is just really annoying.
Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown
Sigh. I was so excited to read this, as soon as I got the ebook from the library I put everything else down but it was just not good. There was a character who was on the autism spectrum and the way the author and by extension the other characters treated him just made me so uncomfortable I couldn’t keep going. We are so starved for f/f representation and I desperately wanted to like it but I didn’t.
Moonrise by Sarah Crossan
Thank you to netgalley and Bloomsbury for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. I’ve really enjoyed Sarah Crossan’s previous work but this just wasn’t for me. It was an interesting concept, the main character’s brother is facing the death penalty. There wasn’t really anything wrong with this book I just did not gel with it. I didn’t like the characters and it just did not interest me as I thought it would.
We Awaken by Calista Lynne
Thank you to netgalley and Harmony Ink Press for a copy in exchange for an honest review. So I’d been excited about this as it has representation of asexuality but it was just weird an boring. I found it a hard slog to read whenever I picked it up and I don’t like feeling like that when I read so I was just not for reading it anymore.